Monday, May 24, 2010

Sometimes BIGGER is truly Better:)

By now, most of you know that I am a huge Lancome fan.  There are many Lancome products that I use in my personal daily makeup routine.  My absolute favorite Lancome product is their Liquid Liner the Precision Point Artliner. I have written and blogged about it many times. Recently, I decided to hit up the Lancome Counter at Neiman Marcus.  I happened to have a gift card left over from Christmas and I couldn't think of a better way to use it!

So I wondered up to the counter and started playing with all the colors that I know and love but as I started to turn the corner of the counter I came across something that I had never seen before!  It was a breathtakingly, BEAUTIFUL  GIANT BRONZER COMPACT.  I did have to giggle a little bit at the giant size of this compact but it 100% caught my attention.  I have to admit this Bronzer defines the expression BIGGER IS BETTER. 

Lancome's  Tropiques Minerale Bamboo Bronzer is limited edition so buy it and buy it soon.  Here is why you will love this product. It is light and silky, it smells great. The bronzer can be dusted on the nose, forehead, cheeks, brow bone and chin .  You can use it on your décolletage ( this is a fancy Lancome term for CLEAVAGE)  The best part , is that this bronzer  is a buildable product. It can go from a subtle glow to a more defined tan and can even be used as a contouring product.  Lancome has done it again... so start looking fresh and glowing with  Tropiques Minerale Bamboo Bronzer. 

Oh and if you are hitting up the Lancome Counter in Neiman's , ask for Sonia Voluck  she is awesome and super helpful!

PS There is a super fun gift offer going on....

Lancome has a super gift with purchase and in honor of "CAMP GORGEOUS" on June 4th, Neiman Marcus has a great straw tote with assorted goodies in it....great for summer. Order beforehand and receive an extra Lancome gift . The qualifier for both is $85.00. What a great time to place your order.
 Neiman Marcus, store 30, cosmetics, 610-354-0500 ext 2108

Monday, May 17, 2010

Psssst...Greaseless Lightning

This past week I was perusing through the aisles at Ulta and I came across a product that I personally had never seen before.  The product was called ROCKAHOLIC Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo by Tigi

As soon as I saw this product I just had to have it.  One, because the packaging and marketing invoked my inner 80's Hairband Rocker Side and Two, I had never seen Spray On Dry Shampoo.( something I obviously had to try)

I left ULTA with a spring in my step thinking I had just discovered this HOT new product that no one had ever seen before.  I was thinking that this new innovative product was going to take over the beauty scene.

Much to my surprise as I started to research my new product  I discovered that it was the geniuses of the 70's who really created this DRY SHAMPOO Phenom. Back in the Super 70's there was a super cool product called Psssst.  Check out the Retro Ad below.

Regardless, I was eager to try the 2010 version of  Psssst that I had purchased, so when Saturday rolled around, I decided to give it a go.  I had entertained on Friday night so I had washed my hair in the early evening on Friday.  Now it was Saturday morning and my hair was in need of another washing if I was going to make it through the day without a baseball cap and ponytail.  Some people are able to maintain greaseless hair for two days but my hair needs to be washed on a daily basis.  Instead of washing my hair, I broke out my shower cap, hopped in the shower and took a quick shower, it was super speedy because I did not have to wash my long tresses.  Once I was out, It was time to break out the Rockaholic!  So I followed the directions on the spray can and I made sure to shake it up before applying it on the hair. I did the hair flip and sprayed the underside near the root and then flipped back over and sprayed the root area by the part and the sides in the front. hair was complete! BUT DID IT LAST????

I am thrilled to report that it worked and I loved it!  My hair was even looking good when I woke up Sunday morning but by that point, I was ready to wash that Rock right out of my hair.   So grove on over to Ulta and pick up some of this's addicting!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

SAVE THE DATE ... To embrace your inner Bettie Paige, Marilyn Monroe, Lena Horne or Jayne Mansfield


JUNE 4, 2010
6 to 9 PM
Arcadia Boutique
819 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Our Modern Pin Up represents hope, beauty, and sex appeal in a whole new way. Long sultry lashes coupled with vibrant perfectly defined red lips are the essence of the Pin up and the essence of glamour.

Kate Cipriano, Beauty Expert and Stylist and her team from Touch of Blush will be hosting a Pin Up Lip and Lash Party .
If you are not quite daring enough to become a pin up yourself come and check out our beautiful Pin Up Models, Amazing Artwork, and our Retro Inspired Food and Drink.

Luscious Lip and Lash Application $25.00 (Arcadia Special Event Discount)
We will also be offering semi permanent 2 week lash extensions and launching our new Beauty Consulting Services.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Opinion Poll: What will people sell next? Mother's Breast Milk Soap?

Ever since I started  I spend a lot of time researching and testing all the new or undiscovered beauty products that are out there on the market.  Beauty has become BIG business.  It seems all sorts of companies, celebrities and individuals are creating new lines for us to try. I think this is great and exciting. 

Occasionally, I do come across some beauty items that are pretty JAW DROPPING and today was one of those days. I found a website where not only is there a recipe for creating personalized BREAST MILK SOAP (Click Here for the recipe)  but they are actually selling pre made MOTHER'S BREAST MILK SOAP.  Yes, it is true...Freedom Pond Moon Works has created "MOTHER'S MOON BREAST MILK SOAP" and here is how the creator describes it:

"Mothers Moon Breast milk Soap contains my own all natural breast milk, olive oil, honey, and glycerin. This soap is mixed and molded on the full moon, then "rests" for two moons before being lovingly wrapped. These bars are typically three ounces and are available in the following:

unscented * unscented w/oatmeal * lavender w/oatmeal $3

In my opinion, if you want to take the time to create your own Breast Milk Soap then what you do behind closed doors is your business BUT buying another individuals  BREAST MILK SOAP is not for me.  I love to try all the new products I discover but I am going to have to pass on this one.  NOW, if any of you out there decide to take the plunge and buy a bar feel free to email me with your review or post it on here in the comments section. For now, I will stick with DOVE unscented for my shower.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Beauty Inspiration for the day...

Recently, I have been reading lots and lots of stories and hearing lots and lots of soundbites on "How to achieve that perfect beach body before summer"  Most of these have covered cleanses, exercise techniques, new laser surgeries, even a BABY FOOD DIET.   Everyone seems to have a different theory on what works and every individual has their own techniques. 

Today, I read an article on some tips from Dr. Oz ( yes, that guy from Oprah who now has his own show)  I want to give Dr. Oz a huge shout out and some super Jazz Hands because I really liked what he had to say.  So, on that note, below is my favorite tip from him and my Beauty Inspiration for the day...

From the Article ,  Dr. Oz 16 Tips for Summer Weight Loss

"SEE YOURSELF AS FABULOUS": Successful athletes do this all the time -- before they even start a race, they picture that they've already crossed the finish line. So take a page from the pro-athlete playbook and before you count a single calorie, picture how successful your bathing suit reveal will be. "Visualize the first time you'll be out at the beach, walking around with confidence," said Dr. Oz. "You'll have lost some of the extra pounds that make a huge difference in how you look in a bathing suit and you're going to go out there and you're going to look hot. Focus on how you think that will feel and shoot for that."

You go Dr. OZ... This man knows what he is talking about,  Oh and by the way, he also thinks Hot Sex with your partner is a good way to divert food cravings!  Yippppeeee baby food for me!!!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bridal Beauty Trends Break Down

Due to popular demand and many requests about the products we used for our recent TV Apperance on The 10! SHOW, I have decided to break down the looks for you and list the products we used to create the bridal beauty trends.  Enjoy!

The top three beauty trends this spring are: Retro Glam, Sleek & Sophisticated, Eco Chic

Retro Glam :Bold, red lips are the key to this retro-inspired look. Start with flawless skin, add a cat eye with black, liquid liner, the cat eye can be subtle or more dramatic. Lashes are essential to open up the eye and then finish with a raspberry red lip

Makeup Break Down Retro Glam
Foundation: Mac Face and Body: Sheer Buildable Foundation

Primer/Concealer: Benefit Stay Put, Keeps shadow in place also covers any dark circles
Eye Shadow: Mac Crème Shadow in “Untitled” Matte but smooth, Brow Bone was defined with MAC Loose Pigment in “Naked”
Eyeliner: Lancôme Liquid Artliner in “Noir” ( the best liner to create the cat eye)
Mascara: Waterproof Lash Stiletto by Maybelline in Very Black
Lipstick and Lip Liner: Liner, Mac Liner in “Cherry” Lip, Illicit Raspberry from Givenchy (Jee-von-she) a celebrity must have, Highly pigmented lipstick but goes on very smooth like silk because of the pigmentation it has explosive color. From France.
Blush: Mac Dame
MUST Fill in Brows
Lashes ARDELL 219

Sleek and Sophisticated: With your hair pulled back in this Bumped Uped Up Do, your face will be the center of attention. Emphasize gorgeous bone structure with contoured eyes and cheeks in neutral hues and a pretty, natural matte lip.

Makeup Break Down Sleek and Sophisticated

Foundation: Mac Face and Body : Sheer Buildable Foundation

Concealer: Benefit Stay Put
Eye Shadow: Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in “Multi Flash” ( Awesome trio for brides, it’s all in one)
Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in “Bronze Shimmer” (GREAT for Definition)
Contour/Blush: MAC “Blush Baby” and “Sincere”
Lipstick: Matte Natural Lip in Shy Pink (Laura Mercier), Chanel Lip pencil in NUDE (KEY AND VERY IMPORTANT)
Setting Powder: Make up forever Setting Powder

ECO CHIC: Eco-friendly and organic makeup is a huge trend right now and there are plenty of great products out there to help achieve a natural, “sun-kissed” look. This is great for a beach or outdoor wedding.

Makeup Break Down ECO CHIC
Foundation: Tinted Moisturizer w/ SPF 20 (natural appearance, packed with anti oxidants)

Primer: Urban Decay Primer in “Eden” ( Vegan Friendly)
Eye Shadow: Tarte richly pigmented mineral shadow in “Bathtub Gin” Satiny Silk Shadow ( Eco Friendly, Cruelty Free)
Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in “Bourbon” or “stash” ( Vegan Friendly)
Blush: Laura Mercier Mineral Cheek Powder in “Pink Spark” or “coral”, Gives a Luminous Sheen.
Lip: Lip stain by Urban Decay in “envious” or “greedy” enhances the pigment color of the lips and top lips with “Liquid Sunshine” by Tarte…protects lips from environment.
Setting Powder: MAC Mineral Setting Powder


Monday, May 3, 2010

Bridal Beauty Trends from Runway to Aisle

This past Friday, Touch of Blush made its second TV appearance on NBC at The 10! SHOW   We were asked to create the hot Bridal Beauty Trends for 2010.  Along with hair stylist extraordinaire Heather from Salon Rouge and here are three hot looks for the season.

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